Tiny House Framing with Parallam Posts

Tiny House Framing with Parallam Posts

We framed our final wall, and it was more difficult than the other three. Why? Because the front wall requires a parallam beam to be structurally sound.

Thanks a million Jonathan and Aaron for coming over and helping out. While the guys were playing with power-tools; Jenna was updating our website. And despite being super busy on the computer, she managed to put together and grill awesome skewers! This is where the BBBBq acronym in the post title comes in play: Build Beer and BBq (in that order)

We’ve been hosting those every Sunday. A couple of friends come over and we make a lot of progress (and eat a lot of food at the end). Last week Gabe and Jen came over to help frame the right side wall and they were rewarded with grilled lamb, pineapples, and beer. Please let us know if you’d ever like to join in! I’m sure it’s a tax write off… and one with beer in the end. Bonus!

Ok, enough about the food and beer; it’s time for the more technical stuff. If you’re not building a Tiny Houses of your own, you can stop reading this and enjoy our timelapse instead.


Parallam Wall Framing

The front wall was a little trickier to make: new materials (Parallam), dimension issues, non-standard size lumber, etc… The plans call out 5’1/2 (non-standard) by 5’1/4 (standard) Parallam posts and 5’1/4 by 3’1/2 Parallam beam and plate. You can get a 7-inch post and get it trimmed to size but that would end up being expensive so we bought the standard size. Make sure you check your plans and trailer. Ours will have a slightly narrower front window and a front wall that won’t be flush with the right side wall (easy fix with a thin piece of plywood). Remember that you’ll have to trim your 2×6 as well since they are 5’1/2 wide.

The other issue had to do with the trailer purchased from Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. Now don’t get me wrong, we love our trailer! The issue is that the threaded rods welded on the frame aren’t long enough for the Parallam plate (they are fine for the regular 2×4). The 3’1/2 plate and plywood trailer sheathing thickness prevent the Simpson Strong Tie HDU5 from threading onto the rod so we decided to rout the shape of the HDU5 out of the Parallam plate.

This is where my super-uncle, Matt, and his garage full of grown-up toys (the kind that you use for machining, not whatever you had in mind) come in handy. A few wood chips later and here we are with a nice fitted pocket for our HDU5’s!

Lastly, Home Depot probably won’t offer parallam beams, at least not the ones I used. I ordered mine through Southland Lumber.


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